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Health Checks - What you need to know

Everyone is at risk of developing heart disease, stroke, diabetes, kidney disease, and some forms of dementia. The good news is that these conditions can often be prevented – even if you have a history of them in your family. By having your free NHS Health Check, you will be better prepared for the future and be able to take steps to maintain or improve your health

The risk of developing heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, kidney disease, and dementia increases with age. There are also certain things that will put one at even greater risk. These are: being overweight, being physically inactive, not eating healthily, smoking, drinking too much alcohol, high blood pressure and high cholesterol.

Everyone between the ages of 40 and 74 who has not been diagnosed with the conditions mentioned previously will be invited for a check once every five years by participating GP Surgeries. If you are outside the age range and concerned about your health, you should contact your GP.